Miguna defiant despite DPP’s warning

July 16, 2012 3:58 pm
Speaking during an interview with Capital FM News, Miguna said that there is no provision in the law that obliges one to give evidence in court/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, July 16 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s former advisor, Miguna Miguna has said he is not obligated to give information on the 2008 post-election violence cases.

Speaking during an interview with Capital FM News, Miguna said that there is no provision in the law that obliges one to give evidence in court.

He spoke moments after the Director of Public Prosecutions said Miguna could face charges if it was ascertained that he withheld crucial information on the violence. The DPP was later understood to have asked the police to record a statement from Miguna.

In his book Peeling Back the Mask, Miguna said he had information on the cases that are ongoing at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on the 2008 post-election violence.

“I’m not going to give anybody any information and am not ready to do so and I do not intend to share unless am ready and willing to share. I owe them absolutely nothing and they absolutely owe me nothing. So let them speak but am not going to give any information,” Miguna asserted.

He also said that witnesses cannot be threatened give information on cases.

“You cannot threaten a witness to testify and get the evidence you want… or these people are clueless and they did not go to proper schools. You should not threaten a witness because it is criminal offence. They should not tell me what to do and if I had given this information they do not expect me to tell them,” he said.

He added that it was not his mandate to go out and carry on the investigations maintaining that it was up to the ICC prosecutor to collect evidence.

“I’m not the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC. The prosecutor investigates and prosecutes, unfortunately that job is not mandated to me and if it was my job I would do it,” he said.

He vowed he was not scared by threats.

“If somebody wants to kill me they should come forward. Come baby, come! Bring it on, I’m game!” he bragged.

The Chief of Staff at the Office of the Prime Minister, Caroli Omondi has already instructed his lawyer, George Oraro to file a case against Miguna for defamation.

In a letter to top city lawyer Georgo Oraro, Omondi also wants action taken against the Nation Media Group (NMG) for publishing allegations made by Miguna in his book.

“I am writing to instruct you to act for me in compiling a brief with respect to the unlawful publication of defamatory matter concerning my person by Miguna Miguna in his book and the subsequent serialisation of the defamatory matter by the Daily Nation newspaper,” the letter dated July 16, 2012 and seen by Capital FM News states.

Omondi who argues the allegations have injured his character, wants criminal and civil proceedings instituted against Miguna, NMG and Gilgamesh Africa who are the publishers of the book.

He wants Oraro to brief the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Media Council of Kenya and the police over the allegations in order to open criminal proceedings.


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